When I first received the iCUE 465X, I was admittedly confused due to the name since iCUE is a software product for all devices, and it felt weird having a case with a series name of a software product. When digging deeper, I found what I assumed was the cause, which is the integrated iCUE device.
I am still not sold on the smart case' idea as it is cool, but there are so many RGB software ecosystems now that it's hard to have just a singular unit. Corsair does an excellent job of making most of the things you would need for a PC build especially with their recent foray into custom liquid cooling with Hydro X, which means you could have iCUE control almost every aspect of your build except for the motherboard and GPU.
The testing was what you would expect. The iCUE 465X kept thermals of the CPU at a T over ambient of 45.4C with an ambient of 24.33C Ambient and 41% RH. The GPU we saw a T over ambient of 37.2C. This is well within passing and did not show even coming close to CPU throttling territory on our 8700K.
Now here is where I explain what I liked about the iCUE 465X from Corsair. There is admittedly a lot to like about this case. Coming off the heels of the iCUE 220T which unfortunately did not fare too well in our build and testing, I feel like the base chassis of the 465X has a lot more going for it in regards to potential concessions which may be needed to build in.
The 465X comes with LL fans, which in itself are quite a value as they come in around $30 each in retail. A triple pack like we see here would normally retail for around $79.99 from Amazon. This includes the Lighting Node Pro which is basically the CORE unit we have included, but with a fancy plastic housing. So, let's estimate the rough BOM for the triple LL120 with a bare PCB Lighting Node CORE would be around $69.99. That's a sizable chunk of the 465X's MSRP.
The chassis comes with a lot of fitment capability, and lots of cooling can be installed for a full open loop, or even just a large front-mounted 360 rad to service your cooling while top-mounted fans fan help ventilation. This will omit the RGB RAM issue mentioned earlier. The ease of access to the front fans by attaching the panel via four long thumb screws is excellent as the panel pulls away easily with no clips to break.
Things to not like about the 465X is not a very long list. The main one I'm sure you already saw coming is the RAM fitment issue. Corsair is a company which I fondly remember when they came about strictly as a RAM manufacturer.
Over the years they have expanded to virtually everything, and the fact that they have a chassis which cannot have a top-mounted radiator (a feature they list as capable) without using their RGB RAM is weird and feels wrong. I hope that Corsair's chassis team takes this feedback and works to improve future models because there should always be a focus on what you make and ensuring it will work. Especially with a case directly built around the idea of RGB from the start.
Coming in at $149.99 MSRP, I feel like the 465X will make a happy home for many gamers and enthusiasts custom rigs. It will be a tough fight as anyone not stuck with the idea of front RGB fans can easily select a Fractal case with some excellent features as well, but the TG and RGB aesthetic of the iCUE 465X and the value of the included components make it a pretty sweet deal for a case that comes out of the box ready to spit unicorn rainbows into your eye holes.
All in all, Corsair made a very potent successor to the Crystal 460X with the iCUE 465X. I am very interested to see to what extremes people build in the 465X and how they work around the RGB RAM fitment issue to build insane full RGB rigs.
Shannon's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC Z390 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 8700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H100i Pro RGB (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: GeIL Super Luce RGB GLS416GB3600C16ADC
- Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming Z (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SanDisk M.2 256GB
- Power Supply: SilverStone Strider Platinum 1000W (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
The Bottom Line
Corsair pulled off a nice chassis in the iCUE 465X. It comes out of the box with showcase level RGB LL fans and a Lighting Node CORE to kick start your color synchronized build. With only the RAM fitment issue to keep in mind as you design your build.
CORSAIR iCUE 465X RGB Mid-Tower ATX Smart Case, White
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- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Corsair iCUE 465X Mid-Tower Chassis]
- Page 4 [Inside the iCUE 465X]
- Page 5 [Inside the iCUE 465X Continued]
- Page 6 [Hardware & Documentation]
- Page 7 [Case Build & Finished Product]
- Page 8 [Corsair iCUE 465X Software]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]